Various squash and Armenian cucumbers for sale

All that rain last week really made everything grow like crazy!
We’ve been eating the occasional Armenian cucumber and Black Beauty and Yellow Crookneck squash, but the last few days I got to harvest way more than we can eat:
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This is the first time we actually get to harvest Ronde De Nice summer squash.  I’ve tried for years, but apparently the seedlings never made it and I’ve mostly harvested Black Beauty zucchini.
Ronde De Nice Reviews and recipes at Baker Creek.
Right now I’m getting the light green Armenian Cucumbers.   I had ordered seeds for the DARK green striped variety this year, but apparently also planted some of last year’s seeds.  I prefer the dark green variety because it looks more like a cucumber and it is smooth — easier to clean and/or peel.  I think they taste the same and it’s just a visual thing.

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Cut the Armenian cucumbers in half and EASILY remove ALL SEEDS with a spoon in a second or two.

Armenian cucumbers are actually MELONS, so people who can’t eat cukes might well be able to eat these guys.
I don’t grow “real” cucumbers anymore because they’d get bitter and I got so tired of tasting, spitting, peeling, … repeat …
I haven’t had many tomatoes yet.  Some plants died from sudden death syndrome and one actually died after a tomato worm attack. That’s never happened before, but I’ve been so busy, missed a day of checking for worms and the plant was so leafless, it died.
I still have 3 or 4 peace vine tomato plants going and I’ve eaten a few tomatoes as they got ripe while watering.  Am hoping for a lot more tomatoes in fall when it cools off.
Southern Giant Curled Mustard
I just started eating it and it is HOT!   Let me know if you’d like some.

LIMITED supply for sale.

If you’re local and you’d like to buy squash or Armenian cucumbers, please contact me.  I’m in Meadview at the Collectors Corner Sundays 1 – 4 pm and if you’re in LMC or Unit 6 or 7 we could meet up out here or you could come by.
We do not use any herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers.  Everything is organically grown in OMRI listed / native soil.
Zucchini / squash are $1.50 ea or 4 for $5
Armenian cucumbers are $2.50 each.
Southern Giant Curled Mustard is free with purchase, just let me know if you want some.
Please call me at 564-2642 or email christine@highdesertdirt.com.

Artificial glaciers to combat drought in the Tibetan high desert

In the news section at http://icestupa.org/ you can find pictures of the 5000 trees they planted and watered with water from the melting glacier.  What a fascinating project!

If we could only store at least some of the water that runs off during monsoon season.  This year we got much more rain than usual (everything’s been growing like crazy!) after a dry June and I sure wish we could have a very deep pond.  The trouble is that digging is so hard. And then you have to waterproof the hole, not cheap!